Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I’m so excited to come to the State Fair of Virginia! Where can I purchase tickets in advance?
A: Purchase print-at-home tickets on this site or (subject to availability) at 70 BB&T bank locations in the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Petersburg areas, at 24 Martin’s Food Markets locations in the greater Richmond and Williamsburg areas, the five Call Federal Credit Union locations in the Richmond area, and the Caroline County Visitor Center in Carmel Church.
Q: How can I save money on State Fair admission tickets?
A: Purchase tickets at this year’s ticket outlets – BB&T, Martin’s Food Markets, Call Federal Credit Union or the Caroline County Visitor Center for the weekday price, and use them any one day during the 2014 fair. That’s up to a $3 discount on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays! You also might want to consider a Season Pass, which is $30.
Q: Where can I find a schedule of events?
A: Check out the online schedule at http://2014statefairofva.sched.org! You can even customize it for the day you’ll be at the fair and for your interests, and then download it to your phone or share it via social media. A printed schedule will be available at the State Fair Ticket Plaza.
Q: What’s the best route to take when traveling to the State Fair of Virginia?
A: From I-95, take Exit 98 (Doswell) and travel 1½ miles east on state Route 30. If traffic is heavy, consider taking U.S. Route 301 to state Route 30; travel about 3 miles west on Route 30. You also can take U.S. Route 1 to state Route 30; travel about 2 miles east on Route 30. For complete directions, click here.
Q: If I need to go to my car and come back, do I have to pay for admission again?
A: Visitors who buy a ticket and then want to leave and return to the fair on the same day have that option. We allow re-entry with a valid hand-stamp, so please remember to get your hand stamped before exiting if you plan to return that same day.
Q: Is there a charge for concerts?
A: A general admission ticket covers all concerts at the Triple Crown Amphitheater and on the Festival Stage.
Q: Are all of the attractions included in my admission ticket or is there an additional cost?
A: Generally speaking, your admission purchase covers all concerts, attractions and exhibits; however, the US Air Bag Freefall and some other attractions have an additional cost. Rides are not included in the general admission cost, but ride tickets and wristbands are available for purchase at the Ride Ticket Booths in the Midway and Kidway areas.
Q: May I bring in beverages or food from home?
A: Outside food and beverages are not allowed inside the fair. In addition to food and beverage vendors, guests will find water fountains on the property. Guests who want to keep food or drinks in their vehicles should get their hands stamped at the Ticket Plaza so they can return to their cars and then re-enter the fair.
Q: I lost an item while at the State Fair. How can I retrieve it?
A: Lost and Found is located in the State Fair Office near the Festival Loop area. If you think you misplaced an item, call 804-994-2800.
Q: I really love the fair competitions, how can I participate next year?
A: Information you will need for competing in 2015 will be available on our website next summer.
Q: Can I volunteer at the fair?
A: Great question! The Meadow Event Park has a volunteer program for the State Fair and our other major events. You can find a volunteer application on The Meadow’s website at MeadowEventPark.com.
Q: How do you ensure the safety of your rides?
A: Our midway rides undergo a thorough inspection – by midway contractor Deggeller Attractions upon setup; by Caroline County before Opening Day; and then daily before operation by a professional state-certified inspector.
Q: How old do my children need to be to ride the rides?
A: Requirements for individual rides and attractions include height, weight and whether a child must be accompanied by an adult. These requirements are displayed at each ride and attraction, as well as at the Midway Customer Service booth. For our youngest and smallest ride enthusiasts, amusement contractor Deggeller Attractions has added a new area in Kidway called Kids’ Corral. It features coin-operated, farm-themed rides for children who aren’t quite tall enough to enjoy the other Kidway rides.
Q: Can I bring in my lawn chair or a blanket for the concerts?
A: You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs for the Festival Stage concert series, and those chairs can be checked near the stage so you don’t have to carry them around all day. Chairs are also available for rent.
Q: Do you offer shuttle service in the parking lots or inside the fair?
A: Parking lot trams can help you get to and from your vehicle in parking Lots A and C. Look for “Ford Tram Stops” designated with small tents and flags. Once inside the fair you can use guest service carts to travel easily between designated stops on a circular route on the north side of state Route 30. Check the State Fair map for specific guest service cart stops.
Q: Will I be able to rent a wheelchair, scooter or stroller to use while I’m at the fair?
A: Yes! We will have a wheelchair, scooter and stroller rental vendor outside the Ticket Plaza. All rental items are available on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved. Electric mobility scooters are $25 for 4 hours, $40 for 8 hours and $50 for all day. Wheelchairs are $10 for a small chair and $15 for an oversize comfort chair. Single-child strollers are $10 for all day, and double strollers are $15 for all day.
Q: Can I bring in my own wheelchair or motorized scooter?
A: You are welcome to bring your own wheelchair or motorized scooter.
Q: Where can I recharge my electric scooter or wheelchair or my cell phone?
A: Recharge station locations are noted on the State Fair map throughout the property.
Q: Can I bring in my own stroller or wagon?
A: You may bring your own stroller or wagon for your children to use on the property. Strollers also are available for rent outside the main gate in the Ticket Plaza.
Q: Can I ride my bike or skateboard inside the fair?
A: Roller skates, skateboards and bicycles are not permitted on the property.
Q: What should I do if I get separated from my child at the fair?
A: The Lost Child Center is located with Lost and Found in the State Fair Office near the Festival Loop area. Before coming to the fair, make sure your child knows to look for a police officer if he or she becomes separated from you. Guests may acquire child security wristbands at the Ticket Plaza. Write you name and cell phone number on the inside of the band, and place it on your child’s wrist. Please do not write your child’s name anywhere on the band!
Q: Where are the diaper changing stations?
A: We have changing tables in the restrooms of all permanent buildings, including the Meadow Pavilion and Farm Bureau Center.
Q: Can I bring my knife or gun to the State Fair?
A: The State Fair prohibits weapons of any kind from entering the property, including pocket knives. We ask that guests leave those items in their vehicles before purchasing their tickets.
Q: Can I bring my pet to the fair?
A: Pets are prohibited on the property (This includes the Equine & Livestock Complex) due to the potential risk to our guests and to other animals at the fair.
Q: What is your policy on alcoholic beverages and tobacco use?
A: Alcohol is NOT permitted to be brought onto the property. Beer and wine will be for sale inside the fair and can be consumed on the property except in the Midway and Kidway areas. Smoking is permitted on the property; however, it is prohibited in tents and buildings, ride and ticket lines and the entire Kidway area.
Q: What kind of security measures are in place?
A: The safety of our guests, exhibitors and employees is our No. 1 priority. The fair is staffed by licensed security professionals and state and local law enforcement.
We have the ability to conduct personal and bag checks at the ticket gates, and we’ll be checking bags and packages for prohibited items.
Q: Do you have campgrounds available for use during the fair?
A: The property does not have public camping facilities.
Q: Who owns the State Fair?
A: The fair is operated by Commonwealth Fairs & Events LLC, a subsidiary of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, a nonprofit organization.
Q: I love this place! How can I find out what else is going on at The Meadow Event Park?
A: We maintain an event calendar on our website at MeadowEventPark.com.
Q: I’m planning an event, and I might be interested in holding it here. What kinds of events can you accommodate?
A: The Meadow Event Park has facilities that can be used for weddings and wedding receptions; corporate functions; trade shows; horse, livestock and dog shows; charity runs/walks; picnics; reunions; concerts; and more. Visit our website at MeadowEventPark.com for information on how to contact our staff to get details or schedule a site visit.
Q: Isn’t this where Secretariat was born? How can I find out more history about The Meadow Event Park and Secretariat?
A: 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born on the Thoroughbred farm that is now The Meadow Event Park. Guided “Hoofprints of History” tours of historic sites on the property are available by appointment, and details are available on our website at MeadowEventPark.com.
Q: How long has the fair been held at The Meadow Event Park?
A: This is the sixth year. It moved to The Meadow Event Park in 2009 from its former location at the Richmond Raceway Complex.
Q: When is next year’s fair?
A: The 2015 State Fair of Virginia will be held Friday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Oct. 4 at The Meadow Event Park.